Park re­turn is just Dino-mite

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

I’ll never for­get the sum­mer of 1993 – I was10 years old and was part of an ex­cited queue round the block ea­gerly await­ing en­try to the cin­ema to see the much-hyped Juras­sic Park.

This was my first sam­ple of a Jaws or Star Wars-style “event movie” – and, boy, did it live up to the billing.

From Jeff Gold­blum’s put­downs and nail­bit­ing mo­ments in­volv­ing chewed-up Jeeps to lawyers be­ing eaten, Spiel­berg’s di­nosaur res­ur­rec­tion was pure joy from start to fin­ish.

Two de­cent se­quels fol­lowed and now, 14 years af­ter the pre­vi­ous in­stal­ment, the park fi­nally opens to tourists in Juras­sic World.

As with en­try num­ber three, Spiel­berg va­cates the di­rec­tor’s chair, which is filled this time by Colin Trevor­row, with this, re­mark­ably, only his sec­ond big-screen out­ing af­ter 2012’s time-travel com­edy Safety Not Guar­an­teed.

But he’s clearly a fan of Spiel­berg’s work with sev­eral nods to the orig­i­nal movie, and from the mo­ment those park doors open to the sound of John Wil­liams’s fa­mil­iar score, a warm sense of nos­tal­gia kicks in.

Trevor­row forms part of a four-strong writ­ing team who put the pre­his­toric an­i­mals on show in a fully func­tion­ing theme park.

A fa­mil­iar Spiel­ber­gian dys­func­tional fam­ily unit kicks things off and the prof­its-over-safety and mad science tropes syn­ony­mous with the se­ries are present and cor­rect, cul­mi­nat­ing in the cre­ation of a new “su­per” di­nosaur. The fe­ro­cious, ge­net­i­cally-mod­i­fied in­domi­nus rex is a ter­ri­fy­ing new an­tag­o­nist as it stalks its prey us­ing a host of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties through the per­son­al­ity traits and strengths gifted to it by those in lab coats.

Fresh di­nosaurs don’t end there, though, as the wa­ter-dwelling mosasaurus makes a mem­o­rable bow and ptero­dactyls – pre­vi­ously seen only briefly in the third film – swoop from the skies in a thrilling se­quence.

Old favourites the ve­loci­rap­tors are now trained by hu­man hands – a de­vel­op­ment not as dumb as I orig­i­nally feared – and the orig­i­nal park king, the T-rex, gets his mo­ment to shine.

The use of CGI over prac­ti­cal ef­fects is in­evitable but works for the most part and Trevor­row gets the blood pump­ing with near es­capes, big frights and dino-on-dino com­bat mix­ing with clever vi­su­als and in-jokes, in­clud­ing “Jaws” be­ing eaten. He also brings

Rap­tor ride Owen (Pratt) with some of the Park’s most fa­mous in­hab­i­tants

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